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Technology

Submission + - Fingernail-Sized Radar Chip Could be Used in Future Smartphones (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Research based in Frankfurt, Germany, and funded by the European Union, has resulted in a new low-cost, fingernail-sized radar chip package that could be implemented in a variety of areas, including the automotive industry, robotics and smartphones. “As far as I know, this is the smallest complete radar system in the world,” said Professor Christoph Scheytt, coordinator of the project on behalf of IHP Microelectronics in Frankfurt, Germany.
Cloud

Submission + - Leaving your email in the Cloud isn't Electronic Storage (arstechnica.com)

Ibhuk writes: As many users of email, especially Gmail with the ever expanding storage limit, I leave my email stored online. I don't bother downloading every email I receive. According to the South Carolina Supreme Court this isn't electronic storage. This means most email users are not protected by the Stored Communications Act. All your emails are fair game so be careful what you write.
Google

Submission + - Brazilian Judge orders 24-hour shutdown of Google, Youtube and Executive arrest (volokh.com)

_Sharp'r_ writes: "Judge Flavio Peren of Mato Grosso do Sul state in Brazil has ordered the arrest of the President of Google Brazil, as well as the 24-hour shutdown of Google and Youtube for not removing videos attacking a mayoral candidate. Google is appealing, but has recently also faced ordered fines of $500K/day in Parana and the ordered arrest of another executive in Paraiba in similar cases."
Linux

Submission + - Torvalds calls Romney 'a f***ing moron' (networkworld.com) 16

netbuzz writes: "Last night Linux creator Linus Torvalds took to his Google+ page and called Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney “a f***ing moron.” Torvalds’ stated reason? Romney’s much-ridiculed suggestion that air passengers would be safer in emergencies if aircraft windows could be opened (a suggestion which some, including Snopes.com, have taken as a joke). Torvalds also recently called Mormonism, Romney’s religion, “bats**t crazy.” Is this just Linus being Linus? Or does such outspokenness on non-technical matters reflect poorly on the Linux community that Torvalds leads?"
Wikipedia

Submission + - Wikipedia hasn't forgiven GoDaddy (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: "The fact that a month and a half has gone by and Wikipedia still hasn’t followed through on Jimmy Wales public threat to remove its domain name registrations from GoDaddy over the latter’s early support of SOPA has some concerned that the online encyclopedia may have had a change of heart. After all, GoDaddy did withdraw its backing of the controversial antipiracy legislation, at least publicly. But fear not, SOPA foes, as Wikipedia says its days with GoDaddy are indeed numbered and that number is getting very small."

Submission + - Viewpoint: V for Vendetta and the rise of Anonymous (bbc.co.uk)

tmcb writes: On Saturday protests are planned across the world against Acta — the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The treaty has become the focus of activists associated with the Anonymous hacking network because of concerns that it could undermine internet privacy and aid censorship. First published in 1982, the comic series V for Vendetta charted a masked vigilante's attempt to bring down a fascist British government and its complicit media. Many of the demonstrators are expected to wear masks based on the book's central character. Ahead of the protests, the BBC asked V for Vendetta's writer, Alan Moore, for his thoughts on how his creation had become an inspiration and identity to Anonymous.

Submission + - Microsoft to purchase Skype (allthingsd.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal reported earlier tonight that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on buying Skype for $8.5 billion all in with an assumption of the Luxembourg-based company’s debt.

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But, sources said, the concept is bigger than just money, including getting access to Skype’s 663 million registered users.

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft buys Skype (allthingsd.com)

OneMadMuppet writes: Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–is buying Skype for $8.5 billion all in with an assumption of the Luxembourg-based company’s debt.

Submission + - When users want malware

johnjaydk writes: How do You handle users who insists on installing malware? I'm running a nice tight ship where users can't install stuff and now I face a rebellion because I don't allow them to install malware. I can't even explain the concept of malware to them.

Submission + - Nottingham Uni student arrested under terriosm act (bisa.ac.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: On May 15 2008, two university members — a student and a member of staff — were arrested under the Terrorism Act (2000) because they possessed copies of the"Al-Qaeda Training Manual" which had been downloaded from the United States Department of Justice website. An extended version of the same document is available for sale in book form on Amazon.com. The student, a member of the university's Politics and International Relations department, was researching terrorism for his postgraduate studies and was being advised by a friend of his, who was a former student and administrative member of staff. Both men were held in police custody for six days before being released without charge.
The Terrorism Act (2000) stipulates that: "A person commits an offence if he possesses an article in circumstances which give rise to a reasonable suspicion that his possession is for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism."

The postgraduate tutor of the student at that time has submitted a paper to the British International Studies Association documenting how the university helped get these men arrested and what the university has done to cover up the story since

Idle

Submission + - Superman Renounces His American Citizenship

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Atlantic Wire reports that Superman--Kal-El, the Man of Steel, the Last Son of Krypton--renounces his American citizenship in the latest issue of Action Comics. The moment everyone's talking about comes in a story called "The Incident," where Superman wants to fly to Tehran and offer moral support to Iranians protesting an oppressive regime but he's told that Iran will take it as an act of war. Superman decides to get out in front of the problem. "I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship," he tells the president's national security adviser. "I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy." While some conservative commentators opine that Superman just wants to get out of paying criminally high taxes to a certain merciless Democratic president, Scott Thills concludes that "the genius of Superman is that he belongs to everyone, for the dual purposes of peace and protection. He's above ephemeral geopolitics and nationalist concerns, a universal agent unlike any other found in pop culture.""
Education

Submission + - Armenia Makes Chess Compulsary in Schools

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "AFP News reports that chess will become a required subject in primary schools in Armenia where children from the age of six will learn chess as a separate subject on the curriculum for two hours a week. The lessons which start later this year will "foster schoolchildren's intellectual development" and teach them to "think flexibly and wisely" says Arman Aivazian, an official at the Ministry of Education. President Serzh Sarkisian, an enthusiastic supporter of the game, has committed around $1.5 million to the scheme in a move to turn the country of 3.2 million people into a global force in the games says Aivazian. "Teaching chess in schools will create a solid basis for the country to become a chess superpower." Armenia's national team won gold at the biennial International Chess Olympiad in both 2006 and 2008, and the country's top player Levon Aronian is currently ranked number three in the world."

Submission + - Passerby Arrested For Cracking Joke (villagevoice.com)

cobracommand0 writes: We all know that sarcasm is the lowest form of humor, but who knew it could land you a "move directly to jail without passing go" roll in the game of life? New York City's War on Bikes results in some collateral damage as a sarcastic passerby gets the attention of an alpha male cop, who promptly calls in the cavalry and arrests him for "harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest."
Sony

Submission + - Sony Stores closed due to Anonymous protest. (psgroove.com)

j0ey2069 writes: "Today is the day of the "Sony Boycott" that was organized by the underground online group known as "Anonymous". However, the photographs below suggest that Sony is not taking the demonstrations lightly.
Reports are coming in that Sony stores across Europe are closed for the day and it can be speculated that the closings are in anticipation of the demonstrations. Shoppers are being greeted with signs which state: "We are sorry the Sony Centre is closed" "We will be open as soon as possible" and "CLOSED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES". Some of the stores are even being guarded by local Police and security guards. One can only imagine the amount of lost revenue due to these store closings."

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